November 23, 2002

Building MySQL snapshots on Debian testing

I used to build nightly snapshots of the MySQL development trees (both 3.23 and 4.0) on both FreeBSD an Debian. But I stopped that a month or two back while I was debugging more important stuff.

I recently decided to get back in the habit and try building snapshots of MySQL 3.23, 4.0, and 4.1 on my machines. I had lots of configuration and build problems. It turns out that I didn't have exactly the right versions of various tools installed. So, if anyone else runs into this, here's what you need.


You don't want autoconf2.13, automake1.4, automake1.6, or automake1.7. You need exactly what I listed. Really.

Isn't the GNU tool-chain fun?

I hope this helps someone else. I wasted quite a bit of time on it.

Maybe I'll share my automated update and build scripts next...

Update: You'll also need an older Bison. The 1.75 in Debian testing dies with funny errors, while I've found that Bison 1.35 works quite nicely.

Posted by jzawodn at 08:35 PM

November 22, 2002

Breathing Fire(wire)

The coolest 4-port Firewire Hub on the planet!

Firewire Dino is stomping through town and he means business. With piercing red eyes and an open mouth that lights up when plugged in to the Firewire bus, Firewire Dino is as menacing as he is useful. When he's not destroying your desk* he's helping you with your Firewire connectivity problems.

That's too funny to not blog. Thanks to Derek for mentioning it.

Update: The link works now. Sorry.

Posted by jzawodn at 12:14 PM

November 21, 2002

Deal Cell Phones in the Bay Area

Cool. This flash application on the site shows you a Bay Area map and identifies dead zones for all the major cell providers.

Posted by jzawodn at 09:05 AM

So Damned Sick

I've been mentally and physically off-line for a couple days. A ton of people at work all seem to have gotten very sick as of Tuesday night. I'll spare the details, but suffice it to say that I've not been this sick in a long, long time.

They suspect a problem at URL's, our campus cafeteria. Whatever it was, I sure hope they figure it out and are able to prevent it in the future.

I hope to at least stay awake most of today. Now what am I going to do about this pounding headache?


Posted by jzawodn at 08:16 AM

November 19, 2002

ApacheCon slides from Sander

Sander van Zoest, another Yahoo! Engineer is giving three presentations at ApacheCon this week: Audio and Apache, XML and Internationalization, and Link Rot.


Posted by jzawodn at 03:30 PM

ApacheCon Blogging

Michael Radwin, one of my co-workers, is blogging ApacheCon. You may remember him as the person who presented at PHPCon and got everyone excited about the fact that Yahoo is using PHP now.

Notice the blog style similarities? :-)

Posted by jzawodn at 11:53 AM


So I settle down in the in the dentist's chair and explain the situation. The dentist looks at the tooth in question, says "uh oh" and turns to the hygienist/assistant and says "You better get him numbed up. This tooth is crumbling."

You see, about 9 months ago, Dr. Huntley had identified two teeth that he wanted to eventually get crowns on to replace the old (from childhood) fillings. He was afraid they'd eventually crack. Well, one did just the other day. It's a good thing I called soon and got it checked.

So now I have two temporary crown/fillings in place and the lower-right half of my mouth is slowly getting feeling back. I'll go back after Thanksgiving (and my trip back to Ohio) to have the real things installed.

In related news, my new Braun electric toothbrush is quite nice. But it takes some getting used to. I've made quite a mess with it.

Posted by jzawodn at 11:46 AM

Tooth Repair

Uh oh. I seem to have damaged one of my teeth. My dentist planned on replacing the ancient filling in it soon anyway, but a piece of the tooth has vanished. Chipped or cracked, I'm not sure. But I do expect to be getting an injection and some drilling in about two hours.


The curse of my life--my damned teeth.

In related news, my electric toothbrush arrived yesterday. It seems to work quite well. I certainly feel like my teeth are cleaner (than normal) after using it.

Posted by jzawodn at 07:44 AM